Big news for eSports fans! 343 Industries has announced that on the back of the release of Halo: The Master Chief Collection that there will be an official eSports league. This is pretty huge for any Halo fans out there. Is it time to turn your party games you have with friends into an eSports team and take on the rest of the world in a game of Halo?
343 Industries has teamed up with Twitch, ESL, and many other tournament organizers to help create a quality sect of eSports for Halo fans, wherein pro players, enthusiasts, and spectators all can enjoy the game they love on a larger scale. It looks like they will be focusing on Halo 2: Anniversary from The Master Chief Collection.
“Halo was one of the first console eSports titles to rise to popularity a decade ago,” said Che Chou, Franchise Media Director, 343 Industries. “With the HCS, we’re harnessing that passion and investing back into the community that’s still vibrant today. In addition, our partnerships with ESL and Twitch – both parties with years of invaluable expertise – will help us realize our vision of quality and equality for the HCS.”
The current details we know about HCS (Halo Championship Series):
- The first season of HCS will start after the release of Halo: The Master Chief Collection. The season will from from November, which is the preseason, all the way to March 2015.
- Teams composed of four Spartans will compete in a series of structured online and in-person LAN events.
- All HCS sanctioned events (both online and LAN) will awards points to the top performing teams.
- At the end of the season the teams with the most HCS points will be invited to the season finals in March 2015. More details are to be announced.
An overview of the league information can be seen at Halo Waypoint. 343 Industries plans to publish the official rules of the HCS within the next couple weeks and players will so be able to register their teams and begin competing online officially in the ESL HCS league, view the rankings and more
More will be announced about the Halo Championship Series at the Halo: The Master Chief Collection Launch Invitational tournament. Which will be taking place on November 8th and 9th and can be viewed on their Twitch channel, Twitch.tv/Halo , at 2PM PDT. The worlds 32 biggest names in FPS eSports will compete for $50,000 to help celebrate the launch of the much anticipated Halo: The Master Chief Collection. It should be a good watch with some great information on the upcoming HCS.
Source: Xbox News